By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
More than 270 Airmen, civilians, family members and children participated in the Schriever 5K Color Run Friday at the base fitness center here in support of the Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The annual observance’s theme for this year is “Live our Values: Step up to Stop Sexual Assault.”
“April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month; Paula [Krause] and an unbelievable team of volunteers have done a great job of making sure to help raise our awareness of a very important cause, one that is critically important to the Air Force as we move forward,” said Col. Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander, during the event. “This is one of many events designed to heighten awareness of an unbelievably terrible problem and the counseling and support available for those who are healing and who are victims of this terrible crime of sexual assault.”
In addition to Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Color Run was held in honor of the Month of Military Child and in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Lining up the run’s pathway were the Child Abuse Prevention Month’s colorful Pinwheels for Prevention, representing the bright future for children and the community.
“It was a very successful event,” said Paula Krause, Schriever Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. “It was great to see Colonel Liquori and Chief Master Sgt. Lavon Coles, [50 SW command chief,] present dog tags as medals to the children at the finish line. Everyone really enjoyed themselves.”
Participants received T-shirts, bags, water bottles and other freebies, while the children also received superhero capes prior to the run.
“We wanted to get people together to raise awareness of sexual assault and to increase their understanding that it is a problem we must solve together,” said Krause. “Additionally, this was a fun team building activity. The more you know people, the more you are engaged and the more likely you will intervene in a situation that is not safe.”
Krause also appreciated the volunteers who gave their time and effort in ensuring the success of the color run.
“The volunteers were amazing,” she said. “We had almost 30 volunteers from the wing and mission partners. Without them, we couldn’t have done it. They helped in each color station. They handed out T-shirts and capes for the kids. Some of my victim advocates helped set up and tear down as well. It was awesome to see the support we had from the volunteers.”
Liquori emphasized that sexual assault is something that definitely cannot be part of the Air Force and encouraged everyone to be good wingmen.
“To succeed against the scourge of sexual assault requires teamwork,” Liquori said. “It requires good wingmen to step in and stop things as they start to occur and make sure we have a culture of dignity and respect in workplaces.”
For more information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month, call 567-7634.